How to Make Easy Soap with Essential Oils

Antibacterial soap is useful, but it’s also fun to make! In this recipe, we’ll be using soap that is clear to show off pretty dried flowers, leaves, or other cool things. 

Flowers and Spice and Something Nice soap makes a great gift around the holiday season, especially as part of a cute little spa basket! You can also put this super cute soap bar in your guest bathroom to impress your friends.

When I gave Gloria her unicorn soap (scented with 2 drops Lavender and 2 drops German Chamomile Essential Oils), she was absolutely captivated and all-smiles that she got to use, “Unicorn soap!” in the bathtub. So cute! This recipe is so easy to customize so you can bring a smile to just about anyone in your life.  

Aloe Glycerin Soap Base

Aloe Glycerin Soap Base: I love using aloe products on my skin. My face is easily irritated, and aloe is both soothing and cell regenerative, which means it helps my sensitive, easily damaged skin recover. Glycerin is a natural byproduct of mixing oils with fats. It’s clear and odorless making it a fun soap base to work with. Aloe Glycerin soap is a naturally antibacterial soap base.

Bay and Cajeput Essential Oils

Bay and Cajeput Essential Oils: These oils are antibacterial,* and they’re what give this soap its spicy scent. These oils are not kid-friendly, so if you’re planning to use this soap with a child, choose a kid-friendly oil like Tangerine, Lavender, Cedarwood, Fir Needle, German Chamomile, or our brand new Sweet Dreams Blend.

Dried Flowers, Leaves, Other Objects

Dried flowers, leaves, or other objects: Choose your own adventure! What you can put in this soap is only limited by your imagination. Here are some of the things I’ve tried:

  • Small Toys
  • Unicorn figurine
  • Matchbox car
  • Lemon Zest – just like in our Happy Joy Face Soap recipe
  • Dried Flowers – dried flowers work better than fresh flowers as fresh flowers tend to wilt and brown
  • Lavender buds
  • Rosebuds
  • Hibiscus petals
  • Dried lilacs
  • Dried Leaves
  • Bay leaf
  • Sage
  • Fallen autumn leaves

Now that you have some ideas on what you can add to your soap, let’s take a look at the recipe!

Like I mentioned before, Bay and Cajeput aren’t kid-friendly oils. They can cause difficulty breathing so it’s best not to use them on or around them. If you want a child friendly recipe, use some of the oils mentioned above!

Always dilute essential oils before using them topically. Failing to do so can cause irritation. Check out this handy dilution chart we created for topical use. In this recipe, the oil is diluted in the soap base.

Never ingest any essential oil, even if it’s generally regarded as safe. For more information on why we don’t ingest essential oils, check out this blog post

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

How to Make an Antibacterial Soap with Essential Oils

Recipe by Katie Veldkamp

Ingredients

Directions

  • In a double boiler, or in the microwave using 15-second intervals, melt the soap base. Once the soap is just melted, remove from heat. 
  • Stir in your Bay and Cajeput Essential Oils.
  • Fill the mold with a soap base and add flowers or a small toy. If items float to the surface, use a toothpick to push it back down.
  • Once the soap is cooled, it’s ready to be used. Wet hands, lather soap, and rinse. 

Notes

  • Tip: If you don’t like how your soap turned out you can remelt it and try again. The aroma would remain, but you can remove the toy (although this may be trickier using plants than toys).
  • Note: Cajeput and Bay Essential Oil aren’t kid-friendly. If you’re making soap for a child, use a kid-friendly instead like Tangerine, Lavender, Cedarwood, Fir Needle, German Chamomile, or our brand new Sweet Dreams Blend. You can also make an unscented antibacterial soap by omitting the essential oils.
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There are so many possibilities for this recipe! Make it completely your own by mixing different oils and objects for any occasion! Let us know what you think about this recipe by commenting below or connecting with us on social media @fromsimplyearth!

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